Tofino BC 2012 Fishing Outlook
Capt. Adam Watson
January 12, 2012
Tofino - Saltwater Fishing Report
Winter Chinook Salmon are providing reliable action near Tofino between some tough winter weather systems. January can be a great time for Fishing Chinook Salmon along BC's west coast, for these scrappy "feeders". Small 3-3.5 inch spoons trolled fast behind a Purple or Blue blade flasher is effective near the coastal islands, inlets and a short distance offshore. This action only gets better as the season progresses, as you will see in the Tofino Fishing Outlook below.
Tofino Fishing Forecast:
Tofino's "Rival" Fishing Outlook 2012
With labels like "Phenomenal" "Outstanding" and "Best Salmon fishing in decades!", there is no doubt that the memorable 2011 Sport fishing season will be a tough act to follow. Fortunately for Tofino fishing enthusiasts, 2012 looks to be the Rival, with Salmon numbers forecasted to feed and travel along our local coastline in staggering numbers again. While the whole B.C. coast enjoyed better than average fishing for Chinook and Coho salmon throughout 2011, Tofino's outer coast waters were labelled as the most consistent fishing location in 2011, with the highest catch rate of Chinook salmon anywhere in B.C. The Tofino and Ucluelet area fisheries have proudly worn this "label" for the past 4 years with huge Thanks to the Salmon Hatchery outputs from Washington, Oregon and California states, which provide literally Millions of salmon to catch along Vancouver Island's West Coast.
Chinook and Coho Salmon numbers can be expected to follow a similar pattern to the previous season, with good numbers of Spring Chinook showing up on the docks by mid April through early May. These bright Silver and Purple hued "feeder" Chinook are great sport on light tackle and exceptional table fare, actually favoured by many as the best Salmon you can eat for both flavor and health benefits! These abundant "Springs" can be caught inshore and offshore from Tofino throughout April and May, with a key element is finding the baitfish they are following and feeding on continuously. Mid May through early June will provide the season's first wave of summer Chinook, with common sizes in the high teens to mid twenty pound range. Blueback Coho Salmon in the 3-6 pound range arrive during this time as well, making the Tofino area's inshore kelp beds and sand bars a regular feeding area for the summer months.
July has become the highlighted month of the season for most local species, providing Lights Out - Full Speed Action for Chinook and Coho salmon. During this time, anglers enjoy their best success with various techniques of choice. Trolling deep in the offshore waters garners the majority of energy and success, with Clayoquot's inshore areas also seeing many fishers travel short distances from the harbour to fish with light gear, cast flies and trolled "Bucktail" flies on the surface. July through August is a prime time for these varied size crafts to fish safely and successfully in local protected waters, with abundant Coho Salmon providing unforgettable light tackle fishing experiences for young and old. August is still the month for the season's largest Chinook salmon offshore, with some pushing the 50 lb range, while Coho continue to grow through August and September. This latter part of the season is still a very reliable bet for big fish and great conditions, with the theory of big bait-big fish being as true as any time of the year. Large Spoons and Plugs fished fairly shallow in the offshore waters will help anglers connect with those memorable "Fish of a Lifetime". Saltwater Fly anglers arrive in search of tackle testing Coho Salmon, with common patterns also on the larger size in comparison to the early season months.
For the many anglers interested in the great Halibut fishing available near Tofino, the early season should be the focus a short distance outside of Lennard Island lighthouse. The months of May June and July will provide the season's best Halibut fishing in 140-160 feet of water, with natural and artificial baits working well with a little patience. Halibut numbers in the area are forecasted to be strong again in 2012, with the average sizes often weighing in at 20-45 lbs. There has been an increase of larger Halibut near Tofino over the last 2 years, and anglers might consider releasing any Halibut over 90 pounds as they are the spawning females needed for a healthy biomass coast wide.
Overall, an exceptional Sport fishing season is expected again for 2012, supported by natural conditions like cold water currents that help increase ocean survival, as well as Hatchery augmented stocks originating from the U.S.A. Anglers who benefit from these great fisheries can also help by making conscious and concerted efforts of practising sustainable fishing and also by protecting Wild Salmon and their habitat. For more information regarding Tofino's exceptional fishing opportunities, see us at Clayoquot Ventures -Tofino Fishing 561 Campbell Street on your way into Tofino, or on-line at www.tofinofishing.com
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